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Comment on Maccast 2018.02.18 by Alan

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:26:44 +0000

Adam, Just wanted to give quick feedback on my battery replacement experience in the UK. In the above podcast another UK president had a very bad experience whereas mine was just as you described in your research. I rang the tech support line, a UK number, said I wanted a replacement battery for my iPhone 6. The technician said yes straight away no online test or remote examination. All he wanted was my serial number and as I was plugged into my Mac was easy. I gave it him and he said that a battery would be ordered then he wanted to know my post code and which store I wanted too visit. He agreed with me that Birmingham was my nearest. He said an email would be sent to me when the battery was in the store and I could make an appointment. Sure enough about 5 days later I has an email from the store, I rang up and I didn't have to make an appointment all they said that it would be best if I arrived before evening time as they got busy at that time. I went in at midday and it was returned to me 90 mins later no problems. While I was waiting to be booked in I saw that another customer has a screen issue an unauthorised replacement I think and I thought the worst as that was I has had done some 12 months ago. It cost that customer another £89. The same genius came to me an examined my phone thoroughly but to my amazement booked my phone in for repair without issues. Result. Alan

Comment on Maccast 2018.02.11 by Parrish Balm

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 18:03:53 +0000

Apple Pay- Toronto,Canada Just a quick 2-cents (Canadian) on Apple Pay observations- I have never seen a single sign advertising Apple Pay at any retailer in Toronto (the largest city in Canada). Apple pay is available at most "Tap" terminals but is never promoted as an option either by the retailer or by Apple. I found this out be sheer accident. Some retailers do have an Apple Pay logo on their website. However, staff rarely know that the terminals are Apple Pay compatible. These are just my observations, but seems to indicate there is much more Apple could do to promote Apple Pay- at least in Toronto!

Comment on Maccast 2018.02.04 by George Havens

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 22:49:23 +0000

Hi Adam,I have been having the same issue with the iPad Pro keyboard disconnecting. I have an iPad Pro 12.9 (2017) with the UAG METROPOLIS SERIES IPAD PRO case attached to the back with the iPad Pro keyboard on the front. I was thinking that the case might have been interfering with the iPad Pro keyboard connection. I found that this problem occurs very frequently with the case on but rarely occurs (if ever) with the case off. I think that the UAG case lifts up the iPad from the keyboard so it is more likely to disconnect when the iPad screen is touched. I think this is a software problem. If the keyboard is detached and reattached very quickly the keyboard is not handling the error properly. I have been listening to you podcast for several now. Thanks for a great show.

Comment on Maccast 2018.02.04 by Glen Price

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 15:41:12 +0000

Hey Adam, thanks for responding to my question/issue with the Apple Smart Keyboard and my iPad Pro. I ended up taking it in to my local Apple Store over the weekend and was served pretty much immediately as a walk-in. The Genius tested it out confirmed the issues I was having and ordered a new one for me which is supposed to arrive in the next couple of days. Great service - the only thing that could have been better would have been if they just would have handed me a new one on the spot without me having to make another trip down to the store next weekend. Per your response and a number of the forums, this appears to be a recurring problem even after the keyboards get replaced - I hope that your hypothesis that this is a software issue is correct and that a fix gets issued soon! Thanks for all of the great work on the MacCast!

Comment on Maccast 2018.01.02 by Andy Campbell

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 17:32:04 +0000

BoB C, I was having the same problem. I think Adam might have gotten his nomenclature a bit mixed up. He said "Control Center" which is the set of icons you get when you slide your finger up from the bottom of the phone. Of note this menu is now customizable in iOS 11 via Settings/Control Center. I think what Adam meant to point you to is the "Widget Panel" which you get to by swiping left to right i.e. swipe from the left side of the phone. I actually did not know the name of this panel, got the name from a YouTube video that gives a tour of iOS 11 features/differences. I was not able to confirm the name from an Apple source so take that with a gain of salt. Anyway, if you scroll down to the bottom of the Widget Panel you will find an edit button and a Battery widget that shows you the state of your iPhone/iPad battery as well as the state of any connected devices e.g. Apple Watch, or blue tooth headphones. Hope that helps!

Comment on Maccast 2018.01.02 by BoB C

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 08:37:03 +0000

Great show! I don't see the battery widget in the Control Center or the Control Center Settings to add it. The only battery widget is "Low Power Mode". I'm using an iPhone SE with latest iOS. I did a quick search and found others saying that the battery widget appears when you have connected a bluetooth headset. I don't have one so I can't confirm this.

Comment on Maccast 2018.01.02 by Andy Campbell

Sat, 06 Jan 2018 01:23:09 +0000

Thanks Adam! As usual, a show full of great and useful information. Battery info was awesome! I use iMazing (on your past recommendation) and it was extremely useful to know where I sit, 195 charge cycles. Thank you for the great work!

Comment on Maccast 2017.11.19 by Adam Christianson

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:24:33 +0000

yes Michael, so sorry. I meant 11.1.2. I fixed it here and in the show notes, but can't go back a re-do the audio.

Comment on Maccast 2017.11.19 by Michael Sanders

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:02:27 +0000

Is iOS 11.2 really out, or did you mean 11.1.2?? I can not get any of my devices to find a new update

Comment on Maccast 2017.09.27 by Adam Christianson

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:15:33 +0000

ha ha ha. ???? Can't believe I said that Kevin (actually I can), I'll try to watch that in the future.

Comment on Maccast 2017.09.27 by Kevin Hoover

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:44:41 +0000

8:40: "The iPhone 8 is literally smoking the competition..." Literally? This I gotta see.

Comment on Maccast 2017.09.27 by Wesley morris

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 23:09:23 +0000 Adam I noticed the my battery life has seemed to be less when I updated to Ios11 but today my battery percent has been at 1% for over an hour. I’m wondering if the problem is when the code for the battery indicator and not actually the battery life

Comment on Maccast 2017.09.27 by George

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 14:40:21 +0000

Adam, Your last podcast a comment was made about IOS 11, and battery life. I have a iphone 6 and after upgrading to IOS 11 and IOS 11.0.1 I've experienced severe battery life decrease. I'd say my battery is nearly half as useful. Just for your info...

Comment on Maccast 2017.09.17 – Apple’s iPhone X Event by Emiliano

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:36:28 +0000

With Apple Watch S3 LTE you'll be able to stream music. How about podcasts?

Comment on Maccast 2017.09.17 – Apple’s iPhone X Event by dustin smith

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:22:13 +0000

Great show! I had a comment about the iPhone X and FaceID. I was actually very curious as to whether or not sunglasses would disrupt unlocking. I am concerned since some sunglasses, including the ones that I wear for work, block infrared light. As a matter of fact it is a selling point with this brand of sunglasses (Native Sunglasses). So now I am wondering if this facial recognition technology would even work for me… Again I love the show keep up the great work!

Comment on Maccast 2017.09.17 – Apple’s iPhone X Event by Alex

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 19:12:05 +0000

I'm very disappointed in Apple engineers. They actually went with gimmicks n lied about iPhone. X technology as wireless charging is not true wireless charging ... you cannot defend this.. also the dog ear display is inexcusable.. Steve jobs would have shit canned this design. ..

Comment on Maccast 2017.09.02 by Al C

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 15:23:27 +0000

Hi, in this podcast, you ask for a response from someone that doesn't love his AirPod. I am one of the AirPod owner that does not love it. The user interface is terrible for me. It is a total pain to control the unit such as volume and track controls. I do not like using Siri for this purpose, it don't like to perform voice commands and I don't always have data connection, especially at work. Depending on the App, sometimes removing one AirPod to mute it, reinserting it does not restore the playback. I always have to take my iPhone / iPad out to control the playback. The Apple Watch can not pair up with other devices for control. For some reason, my AirPod sound drops out if I have my iPhone in my left front pocket, works fine in the others. Also, some non-iOS devices have no volume control. The volume is on max if the device does not support Bluetooth volume commands. Finally, although it does not fall out if I move my head or jump, if I touch the AirPod slightly, it would fall out. At times, I still carry my EarPods. Love your podcast, thanks Al

Comment on Maccast 2017.09.02 by Don Squres

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 15:27:15 +0000

Two comments: first, the application "contacts cleaner" is not available on the US Mac App Store; second, my local CVS has contactless payment available (as indicated by the "wifi" logo), but does not accept Apple Pay. Since I do not have a Samsung phone I don't know whether Samsung pay would work, but the CVS machine recognizes my iPhone and starts to process the charge but aborts with an error message. My guess is that Samsung Pay would work using the Samsung phone's built-in NFC chip.

Comment on Maccast 2017.08.27 by Henry

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 23:10:44 +0000

Hi Adam, Had a comment about self-driving cars and the idea of cars-as-a-service. I love the idea of self-driving cars - especially with all the distracted drivers on the roads - but I haven't bought into cars-as-a service. The major drawback I see is the risk of unavailability. And interestingly, this was unintentionally "highlighted" in the Aug 27 episode of the MacCast when your segment on Apple's car projects was followed by a segment on donating to relief efforts after Hurricane Harvey. If some natural disaster was impending in my area, I would not want to depend on a company to provide a car for me and my family to evacuate. There may not be enough cars in the area, and we may end up paying a fortune to keep a car for an extended period of time (depending on the pricing model). Maybe cars-as-a-service works better as a second car (own one car, subscribe to another). Thank you for every episode of the MacCast.

Comment on Maccast 2017.08.16 by Noble Anderson

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 22:56:29 +0000

Hey Adam, I am replying regarding your recent episode about you considering a switch to T mobile. I switched from AT&T about 4 years ago, and I have had a great experience. I have unlimited data with 3 sim cards, my cell, ipad and car, and still much cheaper than what I was paying before. I pay only $ 10 a month for each sim card. I live in Montgomery , Alabama and travel frequently, and don't really have any problem with coverage, except for very rural areas. Another extra is when I travel internationally to Europe, I don't pay any extra for data at all, and just get a welcome txt when I enter a new country. It works seamlessly. I believe this is because they started as a German company.. I do however have to pay more to make voice calls there. I highly recommend T Mobile, and I doubt you would regret your decision! Love your show, and I have been a long time listener! Thanks for what you do!

Comment on Maccast 2017.08.16 by jon

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 11:16:24 +0000

Adam, The problem with Apple pay in US is not reflected in the UK. Here retailers are embarrassed if they don't support contact less payment, and I find I can use my watch in most places. The only restriction is the value limit for non apple partners which seems lame if you use a watch (which requires you to enter a PIN when you put it on). I think the problem is retailers and PoS vendors not updating. It would be unreasonable to expect Apple to buy everyone a new PoS. You will have to wait for upgrade cycles. It happened here, and VISA and Mastercard will require contact less in your market by 2020. Apple can, and I'm sure they are, lobby the card brands for faster adoption, but we will not see that. Note, I never ask for apple pay in the UK ... just contact less. That's enough.

Comment on Maccast 2017.08.16 by Rich

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:02:48 +0000

Love T-Mobile for the following reasons, but first: The dropped calls referenced above are likely due to the fact that the iOS default setting at the time was to enable wifi-calling and calls would drop if wifi coverage was so-so from either a signal perspective or (more likely) a bandwidth perspective, or the phone switched from wifi to cell tower,...all of which in my world has been resolved. (A). T-mobile's coverage maps are the only ones that are crowsourced- they know when I have 4 bars or 1, whether I am on just 4g or LTE data connection, etc. Updated bi-weekly if I remember correctly. (B) Every consumer benefit has come from T-mobile first, with the other carriers being dragpged into doing the same (but usually with restrictions and gotchas). Two yrs ago I had 5 devices on 3 carriers (att, Verizon and sprint) so I am familiar with their products. All except my work ipad (att,, company managed) have T-mobile now. - No roaming fees. Calls from anywhere in the world .20¢ a minute. Not pennies but means a 5- minute call costs you a buck. Big deal... - Free unlimited international data. Throttled to 3G speeds but more than enough to use even with maps and directions. Never rent a gps again overseas. - For a time had a program where you could go to the Apple Store and check out an iPhone feee!...for a week! prove the T-mobile coverage map was real data via crowdsourcing and not the theoretical maximum transmission of the towers which is what the others use. I proved this because my wife's horse is in a micro-dead zone. Shows coverage on everyone else but drill down to the smallest pixel on the T-Mobile map and it's white(no coverage). (C) Not to mention the cost savings. (D) At earnings release meetings, CEO John Legere takes questions from customers via twitter. FROM CUSTOMERS as well as financial analysts. How novel. Speaks volumes of the corporate attitude there IMHO. It's easy to not make change. I think you'll be happy when you do. I've not had issues on my SAN layovers. Regards & thanks for the podcast. Great job on the USB-c/Thunderbolt 3 cable explanation. How many takes did THAT part take?... ;-)

Comment on Maccast 2017.08.16 by Ian

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:49:04 +0000

Adam, I’d see if there is a way you could try out T-mobile before fully switching. I switched to them a little over a year ago as I’d also heard from friends and coworkers that their coverage was good in my area. I also checked their coverage maps and it showed great coverage. However we ended up switching to Verizon because T-mobile dropped calls constantly. I live in a decent sized city and right in the middle of town it would constantly drop calls. I even checked their coverage maps a second time and the areas I kept losing calls showed on their maps as a verified coverage area for LTE. So hopefully your mileage will be better with them than mine. I really like their pricing and included services such as streaming not counting towards data usage but when it couldn’t keep a call connection it just wasn’t acceptable. Ian

Comment on Maccast 2017.08.02 – iPad Pro Podcasting with Tim Chaten by Fred Zelders

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 11:14:37 +0000

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Comment on Maccast 2017.07.21 by Craig Cruden

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 11:00:04 +0000

I don't think the Mac Pro was in the plans until a number of events/issues built up to a point where Apple suddenly reversed its mindset. I think the last two ones that finally together kicked Apple into action were the Surface (desktop) and the "Windows - Creators Edition". Up until then I think Apple was fine serving the needs of "the majority" of the "creatives" now using iMacs and leaving a small vocal minority out in the cold. As such taking a cue from the iMac Pro (the Mac Pro will probably be even higher end), I think Apple will take a rather conservative approach to the "modular" Mac Pro. The conservative approach would be to meet the needs without trying to be too cute. Meet the needs so that the design will not again paint them into another thermal corner in the future (so that they can regularly update it without major design work). As such I think the base box could end up being a lot like the "cheese grater" (with the exception of maybe not including 4 x 3.5 hard drive bays; maybe n 2.5 U.2 drive slots instead which would take up less space. I think there will likely be enough room for 2 full sized high wattage video cards, and 2 useable slots (the 2008 Mac Pro had 4 slots but only 3 were useable once 2 video cards were slotted.... which only left 1 substandard slow PCIe slot for everything else. So there will be enough for another 2 cards... which could be many things like a TPU card in addition to graphics and/or a SAS controller for old spinning rust using affordable normal external SAS drive cases. I could even see Apple returning to a 2 x XEON option - which would give more expansion bandwidth etc. I also foresee the option that the case would be an inch shorter - with the option of being able to be turned on it's side and rack mounted. The modularity keyword could be both external expansion and the option of having a short Apple case mount that you would be able to mount extra stuff like an array of hard drives etc. Basically delivering a case that would give no one pause to complain that it is not enough. The only issue is that the Mac Pro might slot higher when it comes to retail price than the current or historic Mac Pros. I think the Mac mini -- will also get a redesign of sorts -- and up until WWDC I was thinking they would probably come back with a quad-core option for the Mac mini.... but I don't think it necessarily serves enough of an audience for Apple to do that... I think the new Mac mini will only come with the same options as the 13" MacBook Pro. What I foresee though is an option to fill the headless gap that will only widen once the new Mac Pro is released... the middle area... The area that might be used for developers, for build machines etc.... that the Mac Pro might be over spec'd for. Maybe they will repurpose the trashcan Mac Pro for it.... maybe it will come with another design. The primary focus of the machine will be a headless machine that can be used for VR design etc. (which is why not the Mac mini). An i7 quad or six core CPU - with a minimum AMD Radeon 580 card. It might come with a slot for a GPU or it could be custom... don't know. I think your caller is right last week that it might just be called the "Mac" (I don't think Apple would go with Mac - Developer Edition :p.

Comment on Maccast 2017.06.24 by Kevin Hoover

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 22:07:03 +0000

Since it doesn't appear that there will be a correction, let's note that regardless of the testimonial acupuncture had no curative affect on Scott Forestall's medical problems. This and other alt-med practices doc nothing but deliver placebo effects, and shouldn't be used in place of actual medicine. Unfortunately, it appears Mr. Jobs may have wasted time on things like this rather than get genuine treatment, until it was too late. For accurate medical information and more debunking of quackery, visit

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Comment on Maccast 2017.07.10 by Tim Adams

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 01:37:36 +0000 Adam, I think you might have misspoken in your July 10, 2017 podcast when you mentioned the size of your LaCie Hard Drive that you purchased for your Mac Plus. A 52gigabyte drive would have been a heck of a lot more then $500, especially when an 80 Megabyte Jasmine Hard Drive was selling for around $1400! I also don't think the Mac Plus OS would have been able to access that amount of space. Tim

Comment on Maccast 2016.06.12 by Joel

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 14:00:19 +0000

Adam, Great show. I also spend a ton of time in coffee shops and traveling and I have been using "Hot Corners" to quickly put my Mac to sleep for years. Preferences/Desktop and Screen Saver. Hot corners is in the lower right corner. I just choose "Put Display to Sleep" from the list and then have the security settings set to require password immediately upon sleep. Once enables all you have to do is swipe your finger along your trackpad to the lower left corner and your asleep and password protected in one gesture. Thanks for all the great info each week.

Comment on Maccast 2016.06.12 by Kevin

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 02:21:08 +0000

I'm glad that you brought up the TouchBar with TouchID. On One hand I think that it is a little bit of a gimmick. It not anything that strikes me a revolutionary, but I can see were 3 years down the road as more third party software implements it (that includes Apples apps) it could become a very compelling feature. I think the $300 premium for this is part of the problem (on top of taking a row of function keys away). If this was $150 extra people wouldn't bat an eye. For that reason it seems like Apple has gotten cold feet since they did not release a keyboard for the iMac with TouchBar and TouchID. Seems like Apple does things 85% now (lets have force touch on the iPad and Pencil support on the phone). Apple introduced the Retina screen on the iPhone and then it came to the iPad. Same with the TouchID. It's very disappointing that they aren't making TouchID universal on all their Macs MacBooks and MacBook Airs. I'm still hoping that they release a Wired USC-C TouchBar keyboard for the iMac, MacMini's and MacPro's. Put a Pair of USB-A ports on it and people will love it with MacBookPro also. Can't stand the Butterfly Keyboard. I'd easily pay $199 for this. It would also get a lot of users with older computers to try out the TouchBar. It was indeed a great WWDC from a Product standPoint which I attribute to Tim cutting back on the resources being drained by the Apple Car. Glad Mansfield is controlling it now. The HomePod looks like it will be very good from the audio standpoint, just hope that they truly indeed improve SIRI by then. (Note to Phil: I may be a minority but I have plenty of my own Classical Music and don't need a Musicologist.) If Apple is getting into this I truly home that they are planning to introduce a full scale Speaker Product line (bye bye SONOS but its time to move on). Need an HomePodPro and HomePodBar with both Speakers and Apple TV together. Great products for January 2019 and January 2020 three weeks before the SuperBowl.

Comment on Maccast 2016.06.12 by Peter

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 15:37:22 +0000

Great episode! It's been fun to dive deeper into all of the WWDC announcements. I was just listening to the section where you talk about the trick to lock your mac with the menu bar. I was wondering if there might be a Siri command you can use to do this as well? If so, it might be even more convenient. One day when I was heading to work I spontaneously tried using Siri to put my iMac to sleep. Low and behold, it worked! Since then I always put it to sleep by invoking Siri with a key command and literally telling it: "Go to sleep." It gives me a great deal of satisfaction. :)

Comment on Maccast 2017.06.05 – WWDC 2017 Keynote by Douglas Mardavich

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 15:02:38 +0000 I like the name of "High Sierra", for the new OS. It's better than Home Pod? Ugh!

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Comment on Maccast 2017.05.24 by Peter Szabo

Thu, 25 May 2017 22:25:15 +0000

Dear Adam, adding to the subject of Apple Pay discussed on your last podcast I wanted to say that in Europe Apple Pay usage would be easier to use than in the US. Actually even in Hungary (where I am from) I can use Apple Pay 99% of the places where they accept credit card payment at all (even small papa-mama shops) across the country. Since we have been using paypass credit cards for a long time all the terminal steps accept any contactless payment. The propbelm that at this moment I can only add my US, Swiss or U.K. Cards but not the Hungarian ones. That's the bottleneck of Apple Pay in Europe for now not the places where they will accept it. Apple needs to roll out faster across the differente countries, sign deals with banks including smaller countries like Hungary. Love your show, all time listener, keep up the hard work, kind regards Peter

Comment on Maccast 2017.05.24 by Peter Szabo

Thu, 25 May 2017 22:23:06 +0000

Dear Adam, adding to the subject of Apple Pay discussed on your last podcast I wanted to say that in Europe Apple Pay usage would be easier to use than in the US. Actually even in Hungary (where I am from) I can use Apple Pay 99% of the places where they accept credit card payment at all (so even in small papa-mama shops) across the country. Since we have been using paypass credit cards for a long time now most of the terminals are ready to accept any contactless payment. The propbelm that at this moment I can only add my US, Swiss or U.K. Cards but not the Hungarian ones. That's the bottleneck of Apple Pay in Europe for now not the places where they will accept it. Apple needs to roll out faster across the differente countries, sign deals with banks including smaller countries like Hungary. Love your show, all time listener, keep up the hard work, kind regards Peter

Comment on Maccast 2017.04.25 by JC Ernsd

Mon, 01 May 2017 00:37:58 +0000

Hi there, I just wanted to say that I too have had issues with Photos of mine showing up GPS tagged as weird places. I have traveled many places but some of my photos from around my local in Washington, USA show up as being in Normandy. This is just one example. I've had local photos show up as a number of international locations I have never been to. What I don't have is a fix for this. Nor do I know how to manually change the location data to better reflect the area the pictures were taken in. Hopefully your listeners will come up with some solutions. Thanks. -JC Ernsd

Comment on Maccast 2017.04.12 by Baofy

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 05:40:06 +0000

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Comment on Maccast 2017.04.18 by Kevin Carter

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 07:34:22 +0000

Hey, Adam: the most distressing aspect about moving the Touch ID button to the back of the phone is that it would make most phone cases obsolete. I use a Pad & Quill leather case as a wallet for my iPhone 7+. It would be useless if the Touch ID was moved to the back.

Comment on Maccast 2017.04.04 by Bill

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 17:20:54 +0000

Hey Adam, I enjoyed the discussion on DNS. You also mentioned secure emails. This would be an interesting topic to include in a future episode. Really enjoy the podcast. Bill

Comment on Maccast 2017.04.04 by Al Chang

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 11:54:16 +0000

Hi Adam, In response to your podcast, I want to say that I recently dropped my iPad mini 2 with cellular and broke the screen and LCD. I was going to fix it but finally decided to upgrade to an new iPad mini 4 with 128gb and cellular. Why you ask would someone prefer it over iPhone plus? Well I have a work phone and need to have a device for some personal work and surfing. Rather than have two phones, I have been using a mini for the second for some time. The cellular coverage seems to be better due to a better antenna, but the main reason is the screen not size, but apps layout on the screen. The iPhone plus web and apps has similar layout as the smaller iPhone but bigger. I got a larger, but maybe slightly harder to read screen but the layout is the same as iPad. I get more information on the screen and I can browse non-mobile pages better. Then there are more iPad features that are noticeable, better battery life, split screen, etc. Also, it may be large, but some of my jackets has inner pockets that fits it, although slightly uncomfortable. The Plus is not a replacement for the Mini for non phone usage, but a more portable iPad. Love the show Adam, thanks Al

Comment on Maccast 2017.03.28 by Lee

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 19:51:00 +0000

As Robert mentioned, the album art can still be viewed using the mini player. What you may need to do it click on the ellipses and select the last option "show mini player large artwork". Alternatively if you hover along the top of the mini player window at the top edge until the cursor changes to an arrow pointing up, then click and drag upward to reveal the artwork.

Comment on Maccast 2017.03.28 by Paul

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 01:58:14 +0000

Hi Adam, It's Paul, the one who called about text message forwarding. I seem to have resolved the issue, although I'm not 100% sure what did it. Turns out I had two-step verification enabled not two-factor, so I went into my Apple ID, turned off two-step and turned on two-factor. My text messaging problem didn't work right away, but after logging in and out of my user accounts several times and also logging out and back into my iMessage accounts on each user account, that seemed to solve the problem. I realized it was working when on my iPhone, in the device list, two MacBook Pros showed up instead of one as previously, so even though it's a single physical machine, each user account is being treated like a separate Mac. I think handling calls through your iPhone on your Mac works the same way too. I hardly ever answer my phone from my Mac, but I like the ability to see who's calling from my computer screen so I know whether to bother looking at my phone. If it's a call I want to take, I'll pick up my phone, if not I can decline it right there on my Mac. On another note, they really need to do something about incoming calls on the iPad. Especially on the 12.9", which is the one I have, there is no need to take up the whole screen for an incoming call. I turned that feature off on my iPad because I use it to read sheet music, and if I get a call it completely changes the whole screen away from what I'm reading which is very annoying. A banner notification would be much better for bigger screens. By the way I tweet you from time to time @beethoven1989 just in case you didn't put 2 and 2 together. Thanks for a great show! -Paul

Comment on Maccast 2017.03.28 by Robert Milton

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 22:18:27 +0000

Hi, just listened to your rant on the Mini Player, so i opened mine to test...You are kinda right, & you were almost there to open the album art, but if you drag down a little further, it will snap/stick & show the album art. It does suck that they keep making changes without letting users know about the changes, but the art can be shown! Thanks!

Comment on Maccast 2017.03.20 by Matthias

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:06:02 +0000

Hello Adam, hello all, I had perhaps similar issues on my iMac from 2007 at the office (which still was fast enough for normal use since I replaced the HDD with an SSD 2 years ago). From time to time I wasn't able to login after Screensaver had been activated. I could only see the login screen with a spinning wheel, but the iMac didn't accept any entry. (Every time when this happened LibreOffice application had been opened besides of other applications, but I#M not sure if that wasn't only a coincidence...) But: Login via a remote ssh-shell was no problem at all... So at least I was able to reboot from the shell, so that some of the open applications had a chance to shutdown. After a while I found the distnoted process to be responsible of this behavior... When that process process was killed, login screen worked again! I found this to avoid the disunited process to go mad again: One of the users there established a script named which eventually kills this process and is started via crontab every minute. Thanks for your work on the Maccast, greetings from Germany, hope this helps, Matthias

Comment on Maccast 2017.03.20 by Paul K

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 01:34:21 +0000

Adam, Thanks for such a great podcast! The whole monitor not waking from sleep really got me thinking. I have a Mid 2011 Mac Mini at work with an HP Display. I was having the same issue with the monitor not waking and just chalked it up to it being a third party monitor. The monitor was connected with the Apple Display Port to DVI adapter. I was also having a similar issue with a lot of production HP Minis on the floor with dual HP monitors. The computer were responding but both displays would not wake from sleep. Pulling the power from the monitors would sometimes work, but the majority of the time we had to hard shutdown the machine running Windows 7. Both monitors were connected via DisplayPort to VGA or DisplayPort to DVI or DisplayPort to DisplayPort. We recently got new HP monitors in, so I naturally need the upgrade (IT has to test it ;) ) This new monitor was a little different then all the rest we have been getting. The only inputs to this monitor were: HDMI, VGA, and DisplayPort. I didn't have a miniDisplayPort to DisplayPort cable, so I used an HDMI cable to connect up the new monitor to my MacMini. My monitor not waking from sleep is now gone. To make a long story short, I wonder if the issue is with DisplayPort protocol? It would seem to be a DisplayPort Protocol since I have the same issues with both my Mac and Windows machines. Just my 2 cents. Paul K

Comment on Maccast 2017.03.12 by Peter McCullough (UK)

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 11:23:04 +0000

I am from the UK. I was interested in your feature about the 'Black Screen' issue with some Mac's on the 'Wake from Sleep' with 3rd Party Monitors. I have had this problem consistently with my 2013 Mac Pro with both dual Dell U2415 monitors. These are great monitors, almost no bezel and great colour - but they suffer from the issue you mentioned and it was driving me crazy. Firstly, the easiest way to fix the issue when using the mac, without risking a hard reset, is to simply pull out the monitor cable and plug it back in. This is usually enough to get the Mac to reset the screen and solve the problem. But that is very frustrating and not a sensible option longer term. After trips to the Apple store to check out my Mac Pro (which worked flawlessly with Apple monitors) and a lot of experimentation, I cured the problem on my Mac Pro by throwing away the display port cables supplied by Dell and replaced them with better quality ones - problem cured !! So before you change that expensive monitor for another that does not work - try changing the cables.

Comment on Maccast 2017.02.15 by Darren

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 01:00:50 +0000

Hello Adam, So I have been enjoying the podcast for about a year now but I get a little frustrated at the start of each episode. The issue is I feel you take too long introducing your sponsor. Todays podcast must have been 3 to 4 minutes spent on Blue Apron. To be clear, I have nothing against Blue Apron......and I know you need to promote the sponsor.....but it's just taking too long to get to the podcast. Don't wish to sound like a sour puss but I listen to the podcast for the great content not the advertisements....! Perhaps limit the sponsor promotion to 30 seconds??!! Regards Darren

Comment on Maccast 2017.02.05 by James Vermillion (Alaska)

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 07:18:42 +0000

Adam, Thank you for your weekly work on behalf of the Mac community! As a long time listener and long time Mac user (.... since the 128K ... !! ) I continue to enjoy the platform and your commentary. Here is something I think should be brought to the attention of the Mac community: I want to call to your attention something I discovered about six months ago, quite by accident or perhaps by serendipity:  Apple Mail does not delete everything you tell it to delete!  I brought this to the attention of Apple via a support ticket, but nothing has been done to correct the issue as of this writing. Being a rather private person who wishes to keep my correspondence to myself, even in the event my computer is compromised I use POP mail and delete everything from my ISP's server after downloading it to the only computer upon which I do email.  I had noticed some time ago, that Apple Mail occasionally deletes, or at least cannot find some of my correspondence.  Subsequent to that discovery I began using an email archiving program "Mail Steward Pro" which, running on a daily schedule creates a searchable MySQL database of my email.   This issue came to my attention when I ran a manual update to that database and was surprised to see some email which I knew I had previously deleted showing up in the progress window of the archive program.  After the archive was complete I searched both Mail and the archive.  Mail reported the email was not to be found, while the archive showed me the email and the file path to in my ~/library/mail/V4 ..... when I went to the location shown, behold there was an .emlx file, which when opened in a text editor was THE DELETED email !!   This I consider to be a breach of security by Apple.  I have files which must be deleted, perhaps you do also.  These .emlx files are not indexed by spotlight and so far as I have been able to discover cannot be located by any simple method.  It was only by chance that I observed this while the archive program was reading and indexing my Mail folder. I suspect that Mail marks messages either “to delete” or “deleted”, but then never actually deletes the messages.  Upon closer inspection I can find hundreds of email which were supposedly deleted by Mail, yet which can be completely resurrected by re-archiving a selected date range using “Email Archiver Pro”.  This behavior has serious implications for anyone who needs to actually delete a conversation!  Consider a whistle blower at … your choice… Apple, Microsoft, the US State Department, or a political dissident in a repressive regime, etc. who needs to ex-filtrate incriminating information to law enforcement or their defense attorney or to the world privately.  With this Mail failure, the[...]

Comment on Maccast 2017.01.23 by Tom Almy

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 19:33:24 +0000

In the 1.23.2017 MacCast you mentioned using an old Mac mini for a Time Capsule replacement, using third party software such as Chronosync. However you missed another, simpler, approach. Buy macOS Server app ($20). This will allow using the mini as a TimeMachine server, complete with the ability to set maximum backup sizes for each system being backed up. Of course it provides many other server services as well. Any mini will do, late 2009 or newer, running El Capitan or Sierra.

Comment on Maccast 2017.01.13 by Ivar Rand

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:42:40 +0000 Comment on iPad mini My wife has one and she just loves it. She loves the size and is happy with the text.also she can easily place it in her purse. I am looking forward to upgrading it when the next one is available. Ivar